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Business Models Driving Higher Education Reform
Wired for Success: Real-World Solutions for Transforming Higher Education looks at harnessing technology and innovation as keys to reform.  Commissioned and published by AASCU, the book's authors are Susan C. Aldridge and Kathleen Harvatt. Aldridge worked on the book when she was an AASCU senior fellow in 2013.  To read more go here; to order the book go to AASCU bookstore.


Latest Installment in Policy Matters Series Looks at Lottery Funded Scholarships
This edition of Policy Matters focuses on lottery-funded scholarship programs as a strategy for boosting college affordability.  It discusses the evolution of state lottery-funded scholarship programs and provides a critical look at the benefits and drawbacks in the programs' design and outcomes. Download pdf and also read the article on Inside Higher Ed


Economic Inequality Initiative
ADP and TDC are pleased to announce a new national initiative focused on the impact of economic inequality on our democracy. They seek a small cohort of institutions for a three-year initiative designed to help students think about and take action to confront the complex causes of growing economic inequality. You'll find the full call for participation here. Applications are due September 15. Questions? Email adp@aascu.org

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Programs

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
Members of Armstrong State University's Cyber Security Research Institute and representatives from Middle Georgia State College, Kennesaw State and Georgia Tech recently met with Israeli Consul General Opher Aviran to discuss future areas of collaboration between Israel and the University System of Georgia. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Recent technological and pedagogical innovations now make it possible for IUP to implement a customized math learning experience that has a proven track record of facilitating significant improvement in math outcomes. The university is implementing adaptive computer software, Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS), in all developmental math courses. It customizes the math learning experience based on students’ demonstrated mastery of skills, and then allows students to progress through units devoted to these skills at their own pace. Read more

San Diego State University
Matt Anderson, a physics professor at San Diego State University, together with a team of engineers from SDSU's Instructional Technology Services are defying instructional norms with the introduction of a unique learning tool. The innovation — dubbed Learning Glass — is an LED-lit glass board that faculty can use to write on or project PowerPoints and video, while maintaining eye contact with their students. Read more

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Over 500 students, faculty and staff worked on community projects in Atlantic and Cape May counties on Sept. 6, as The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey held its 11th fall Day of Service. This year’s event allowed Stockton to give back to the larger community, which helped raise $25.36 million in the college’s “You Make the Difference” comprehensive fundraising campaign, which concluded June 30. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • Astronomers at the University of Central Florida welcomed children to join them for International Observe the Moon Night on Sept. 6. The goal was to share the wonder of astronomy with youngsters and potentially inspire a new generation of space explorers with physics degrees. Read more
  • Computer scientists and engineers at the University of Central Florida and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have partnered with the U.S. National Science Foundation to create a fun interactive museum exhibit at the Orlando Science Center that aims to teach as well as inspire students to become computer scientists or engineers. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Angelo State University (Texas)
Angelo State University has been awarded a five-year, $2.87 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to support the implementation of ASU’s proposed new civil engineering program. Read more

Appalachian State University (N.C.)
A National Science Foundation grant totaling $377,083 has been awarded to Professor Patricia Johann in Appalachian State University’s Department of Computer Science. The three-year award will fund Johann’s research in an area of computational science called relational parametricity. She will carry out this research in collaboration with researchers from Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Copenhagen. Read more

Arkansas State University
Alyson Gill, Ph.D., director of the Center for Digital Initiatives (CDI) at Arkansas State University, has received a $218,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to direct a digital humanities summer institute at A-State in 2015 and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2016. Institute participants will consider theoretical and ethical issues associated with three-dimensional modeling of cultural heritage sites and objects. Read more

California State University, Northridge
California State University, Northridge’s acclaimed film program was awarded $50,000 to support student film projects earlier this month by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at its annual star-studded grants banquet. Read more

CSU-Pueblo
The Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation announced that in the first year of its On the Move capital campaign it has added more than 650 new donors and raised $10.3 million, more than one-third of its three-year goal. Read more

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) received a $3.4 million bequest from the estate of a local couple, Oscar and Ophelia Weitzman. The gift will provide two full-ride education and engineering scholarships each year. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Slippery Rock University’s Therapeutic Recreation: Accessing Independent Leisure and Social Skills program has received $5,000 from the Autism Opportunities Network, Inc. Called “TRAILS,” the program teaches students how to design evidence-based therapeutic recreation programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
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University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
The Center for Business and Professional Development at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will receive $734,000 through a grant received by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services to train veterans and long-term unemployed local residents for employment in three local fields of industry. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
The National Science Foundation awarded a $304,745 research grant to University of Central Oklahoma professor of engineering and physics Evan Lemley, Ph.D., and the university’s Center for Research and Education in Interdisciplinary Computation (CREIC). The grant will fund a cluster supercomputer that will allow multiple users to work on problems much larger than any one computer or user could handle alone. Read more

University of Houston-Victoria
A program aimed at preventing interpersonal violence at the University of Houston-Victoria will get a substantial upgrade in educational materials thanks to a $5,000 contribution from the Dougherty Foundation of Beeville to the UHV Victim Intervention and Prevention program. The program works with UHV students, faculty and staff to prevent interpersonal violence. Read more

University of North Georgia
Through a state Department of Education grant, the University of North Georgia (UNG) will partner with area schools to increase elementary students' science achievement by strengthening their teachers' content knowledge and teaching skills. The grant, awarded through the federal Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program, funds $138,483 this year and could fund $132,196 next year, pending performance and availability of funds. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Professor of Geology Irene Brunson Boland ’63, ’69 established a $200,000 endowment—the Charles A. Boland ’08 and Irene Brunson Boland ’63 Student Research Assistantship Endowment to assist geology and physics faculty members in attracting and retaining high-caliber students interested in conducting summer research projects. The endowment, which bears the name of her late husband, alumnus Charles Boland, will support students who commit to summer research in chemistry, physics and geology. Read more

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Awards and Honors

California State University Channel Islands
Sofia Samatar, assistant professor of English, has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer for her debut fantasy novel, "A Stranger in Olondria." The prestigious award was presented at the 72nd Annual World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon 3 (also commonly known as Worldcon), at London’s ExCel Centre. Campbell and Hugo Award winners are selected by Worldcon members and are widely regarded as the equivalent of Academy Award winners in the science fiction and fantasy genre. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Chauna Craig, Department of English, is one of 10 mentors selected for Writer to Writer, a pilot mentoring program sponsored by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, a national organization dedicated to serving creative writers within and outside of academia. Read more
  • Michael T. Williamson, professor of English, was awarded the 2014 Space Between Society Essay Prize for “Doubled Crossings: Yiddish Writers Respond to the Treaty of Non-Aggression Between Germany and Russia,” a paper he presented at the 16th annual international conference of the Space Between Society.
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Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
Pittsburg State University Engineering Technology Professor Randy Winzer has been named a regional vice president for Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest honor society in the U.S. The south central region includes Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Read more

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Spotlight

California State University, Northridge

  • California State University, Northridge economics professor Glen Whitman and finance professor James Dow have written a new book, “Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science.” Read more
  • Claire White, Today, an assistant professor in California State University, Northridge’s Department of Religious Studies, is fulfilling her interdisciplinary interest as the first-ever professorship in the cognitive science of religion in North America. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • John Chrispell, mathematics department, is helping to grow strawberries in California. Chrispell is part of a group of mathematicians working on optimal strategies for agricultural groundwater use. The group has several ongoing projects, including optimizing crop planting strategies using a virtual farm coupled to a groundwater-hydrology simulator, and optimizing groundwater recharge by analyzing the placement of catchment basins along stream networks on watersheds. Read more
  • Seven undergraduate chemistry students took part in the inaugural year of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Research Experience for Summer Scholars (RESS) program. Six graduate and 19 undergraduate students from the College of Natural Science and Mathematics were active participants, presenting posters of their work in August. Read more
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania music faculty member Linda Jennings was invited to lead cello pedagogy and performance workshops in Bangkok and Chiang Rai, the first programs of this kind in Thailand. This summer Jennings collaborated with two leading music organizations in Thailand, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation and the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra, to support the development of string music education in Thailand, a country where western art music is still a relatively new development. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Abdelhadi Halawa, wellness and sport sciences, presented his research paper titled “Contributions of the Islamic Medieval Physicians to the Globalization of Major Medical Discoveries” at the First International Conference on Eastern Studies Methodologies: Interdisciplinary Session, Beijing (Peking) University, Beijing, China, in May. Read more
  • The role that climate change plays in the transmission of malaria has been made clearer thanks to the efforts of Millersville’s Kathleen Schreiber, professor of geography. She and a team of researchers looked at how traditional Global Climate Models (GCMs), used to estimate temperature at a given time across a very large area, can be supplemented by a downscaling procedure, a statistical technique that enables researchers to predict temperatures across a much narrower geographic region. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)

  • Slippery Rock University continues to gear up its services for U.S. military veterans, including expanded services available from its Student Veterans Resource Center and the Telehealth Services system along with formation of a new statewide student veterans association. Read more
  • Four Slippery Rock University Army ROTC cadets and two from Clarion University participating in SRU's ROTC program, spent part of their summer engaged in the U.S. Army's Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program that included helping people in foreign countries learn English, while simultaneously learning a foreign language and gaining a better cultural understanding of their hosts. Read more

University of Illinois Springfield
UIS students gave back during their traditional Welcome Week Service-A-Thon, working various shifts throughout the day on August 29, in collaboration with five local organizations: The American Red Cross Illinois Capital Area Chapter, genHkids Coalition, Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County, M.E.R.C.Y Communities, and the St. John’s Breadline. Read more

West Chester University (Pa.)
The Pennsylvania Army National Guard has awarded West Chester University junior Antonio D'Alessandro its soldier of the year honor. D'Alessandro bested seven other contenders who, like him, had achieved top standing at preceding levels, to claim the state title. He is a cadet in West Chester's Army ROTC program and a political science major with a focus on public policy. Read more. Read more

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